SES295 - The Daughters of Medusa

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Subject Title
The Daughters of Medusa

Subject Description
The story of Medusa is famously known by her power to change those who look at her into stone.  There is more to her story, as well as other female characters that are viewed in the same light as Medusa.  Of the female characters in literature, movies and television that have defied or rejected social norms, they are typically divided into two groups:  those who are viewed as evil, greedy, or power-hungry and those as a role model of empowerment. This dichotomy of the defiant female has perhaps led to a bias or a misunderstanding of why some are seen in a negative light and others in a positive light. Is there truly a clear difference between the two?  This course will examine how defiant or empowered female characters are presented in fiction and determine why some are lifted on a pedestal and others burned at the stake.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

-Analyze the development of "defiant" women in literature using folklore, biblical stories and other literary genres
-Apply Jung's theory of archetypes to understand the characteristics of "defiant" women and their relationship with other characters
-Discuss the use of "defiant" women in literature in the plot and character development
-Compare the characterization of "defiant" women in male authored and female authored literature
-Apply the literary and social context of the story to answer why these female characters are "defiant"

Essential Employability Skills
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Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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